Whether you're rooting for Patrick Mahomes or Tom Brady or really couldn't give a hoot about football, the Super Bowl is always a winning excuse to gorge yourself silly.
This year, spice up game day with unexpected plates and flavors, like Thai-style wings, three-foot-long Cuban sandwiches, vegan soul food, and Hawaiian spam burgers. Yay food! Go team!
Skip the same old chips and dip and go for Prubechu's Guamanian Big Game Munchies Box ($85/feeds two), filled with spiced chicharrones with wasabi ranch dip; chicken kelaguen tacos; veggie kimbap cigars; ko'ko' wings with finna'denne'; and a round of barbecue pork ribs with red rice. Upgrade your order with a four-pack of craft beer and two shots of bourbon-barrel-aged sake ($20). When you place your order, ask to be entered into the restaurant's Super Bowl Squares contest for a chance to win free beer, empanadas, gift cards, and even a dinner for two plus a stay at the Proper Hotel. // Pre-order by calling 415-853-0671 or online via Tock for pickup from noon to 5pm on Super Bowl Sunday; 2224 Mission St. (Mission), prubechu.com.
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What's better than grilling on game day? When someone else handles the grilling. Causwells is highlighting its juicy Americana cheeseburger with a cult following in packages that feed two ($48), four ($95), or a family size option that factors in the kiddos. Expect sides including shishito peppers, fries, and salad; larger orders come with St. Louis–style ribs, brussels sprouts with bacon, housemade ricotta spread, and coleslaw. // Pre-order from Monday Feb. 1st through Thursday Feb. 4 for pickup or delivery via Tock; 2346 Chestnut St. (Marina), causwells.com.
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Intu-on's Thai-style Super Bowl Party Pack.(Courtesy of @_intu_on_sf)
One of San Francisco's hottest pop-ups, Intu-on is slangin' game day in Thai style. Snag their Super Bowl Party Pack starring a platter of fried garlic chicken wings with spicy dipping sauces, and grilled shishito peppers and fresh veggies with nam prik (a spicy green chili dip). Other popular dishes, including shrimp toast and butterfly pea sticky rice, are available a la carte. And, since Intu-on operates out of Birba wine bar, you can easily order a few bottles of something fun to sip on. // Pre-order at birbashop.square.site for pickup at Birba, 458 Grove St. (Hayes Valley); instagram.com.
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New at Civic Center, Chao Pescao is here to spice up your Super Bowl Sunday with Cuban-Latin eats. The featured item is most certainly the drool-worthy Cuban sandwich ($19-$48): Stacked with juicy slow-roasted pork, ham, and melty gruyere cheese, it can be ordered by the foot (in one-, two-, or three-foot long options). If that's not enough to sate you, team the sando with their off-menu wings ($15-$36 for one, two, or three dozen) in one of two flavors, buffalo chicken with Point Reyes blue cheese dressing or sticky-mango habañero with herbs and chicharron. // Order online for delivery or pickup at 272 McAllister St. (Civic Center), chaopescaosf.com
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State Bird Provisions' Atomic Wings.(Courtesy of Cream Co. Meats)
State Bird Provisions & Liholiho Yacht Club via Cream Co. Meats
Cream Co. Meats is packaging special kits ($49 each) from two of SF's coolest restaurants. Go in for State Bird's atomic wings box, featuring four pounds of chicken wings with black garlic barbecue sauce and black sesame crunch. Or, order up burgers Hawaiian style with Liholiho's homemade spam and Cream Co. beef patties topped with spiced pineapple, cheddar spreader, kimchi barbecue sauce, and cucumber pickles on a Neighbor Bakehouse brioche bun. Both boxes are available in limited quantities, so get a jump on it. // Pickup is from 11am to 5pm on Friday, Feb. 5 only. Order online at eatcream.co; 700 Julie Ann Way (Oakland).
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Whether you're a meat lover or vegetarian, Arbor has a snacking spread ($48/feeds two) for you. Herbivores can munch on queso with black beans and roasted peppers, buffalo cauliflower "wings," black garlic barbecue pulled mushroom sliders, and smoked sweet potato puffed pastry rolls. Carnivores will get the same queso plus buffalo chicken wings, pulled pork sliders, and sausage rolls. Bottles of wine ($12) and six-packs of beer are also available. // Pre-order through Friday, Feb. 5 for pickup or delivery via Tock; 384 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley), arborsf.com.
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Add some soul to the Bowl with Vegan Mob's excellent vegan barbecue and classic Southern-style fare such as fried chicken po' boys, gumbo, and grits, plus creative fusion items such as their barbequitos and fully loaded nachos and fries. // Vegan Mob is open 11am to 9pm Tuesday through Sunday; order online for delivery in Oakland and Berkeley or pickup at 500 Lake Park Ave. (Oakland), veganmob.biz.
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Sobre Mesa's Passionfruit Paloma.(Courtesy of @sobremesaoak)
Sobre Mesa & AlaMar Kitchen
These sister restaurants in Oakland are offering a slew of meal kits and party trays that feel just right for game day. Get a half sheet pan of Sobre Mesa's wings ($40/feeds 4-5) with tequila scotch bonnet barbecue sauce or some crispy steak and jack cheese empanadas ($36/six, $70/dozen). Don't miss out on pitchers ($45) of spiced mango margs, passionfruit palomas, or coconut coquito cocktails. // Order online for pickup at 100 Grand Ave #111 (Oakland), alamaroakland.com.
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Pig in a Pickle Barbecue
This Emeryville joint is adding some special Super Bowl dishes to its classic meaty lineup of brisket, baby back ribs, chicken, hot links, and more (which will all be available by the pound). Make half time a party with pulled pork taquitos, ranch-style bean dip, and bowls of Cowboy Caviar, a side dish of corn, beans, black-eyed peas, tomatoes, peppers, and onion.// Pre-order from Monday Feb. 1 through Saturday Feb. 6 for pickup from 11am to 2:30pm on Super Bowl Sunday; Emeryville Public Market (Emeryville), piginapickle.com.
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City Beer Store
Whatever you decide to eat on game day, craft beer is likely to get some play time. City Beer Store is curating a selection of hoppy beers for the occasion, available in six- and 12-can mixed packs ($41 and $81) of IPAs, speciality lagers, and pilsners from such local breweries as Alvarado Street, Cellarmaker, Humble Sea, and Pure Project. Bonus: No matter where you live in the Bay Area, you can get in on this with local pickup, delivery, and shipping available. // Pre-order for pickup and shipping beginning Monday Feb. 1; 1148 Mission St. (SoMa), citybeerwebstore.com.
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Hanson of Sonoma
Plan ahead and order this distillery's special Football Sunday Bloody Mary Cocktail Kit. The drink package includes a bottle of Hanson's vodka, organic bloody mary mix, mason jars, cocktail skewers, a recipe card, and game day napkins. // $60; order for shipping at store.hansonofsonoma.com.
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